Wife Harriet Parsons

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702 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California

King Kennedy - Gay History WikiKing Kennedy (December 1, 1903 - November 1, 1974) was an actor and playwriter, known for Seven Days' Leave (1942) and On Probation (1935). Louella Parsons’ gay sidekick King Kennedy would marry her lesbian daughter Harriet Parsons in 1939, even if they hardly ever lived together. Hedda Hopper employed a lesbian woman, Dema Harshbarger, as manager and general personal assistant. When Kennedy left Parsons, he joined Hopper. Later, Robert Shaw also worked for her. According to him, she often used gay men as informants.

King Kennedy was born James Darius King Kennedy Jr. in Kokomo, Indiana on December 1, 1903. His father, who also went by King Kennedy, owned the King Kennedy Clothing Company in Kokomo, a highly successfull clothing store. His mother was Georgia Kennedy, a society lady of the community that he would be very close to her entire life. His grandfather Keating was the first mayor of Louisville, KY. He was educated in private schools at Asheville, NC. Mother and son lived together at the family home at 803 S. Main Street in Kokomo until they moved, together, to 702 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California in about 1924. They continued to live there together until 1939 when he married Harriet Parsons, a lesbian and daughter of columnist Louella Parsons, from 1939 to 1946.

King Kennedy was listed on a ship manifest in 1925 along with Gilmor Brown, founder of the Pasadena Playhouse, and two other men - Maurice Wells and William Reis. Kennedy's career began at the Pasadena Community Playhouse. Since then he played professionally in support of Mary Boland (Meet the Wife), Frances Starr (The Shelf), Mrs. Leslie Carter (The Shanghai Gesture), Mrs. George Fawcett, Carolotta King, Helen McKellar and Nancy O'Neill (Lysistrata and The Passion Flower). He made two pictures - "Seven Days Leave" with Victor Mature, and "Higher and Higher," with Frank Sinatra. He published several plays, among them "Buckshot and Butterflies", "The Garden" and "The Girl".

In the late 1930s he was interested in the Little Theater movement and appeared on the legitimate stage with Constance Collier in "The Torch Bearer'.

After working for Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper, he opened a publicity and public relations firm in Beverly Hills.

When Kennedy passed away on November 1, 1974, his ashes were given to Harriet.

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